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American Business Women’s Shop With Cops Auction

American Business Women's Shop With Cops AuctionThe Eight Flags Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) is pleased to host their once a year auction event. The Eight Flags ABWA is a proud partner in support of the Fernandina Beach “Shop with Cops” program. This auction event includes an array of fun, including food, cash bar, live auction and silent auction.

As a platinum sponsor, last year the Eight Flags ABWA donated $4,000.00 for this worthy cause. The “Shop with Cops” program was begun in 2004. The success of this program relies on generous community members and local businesses who donate, serving 150 children that not only receive the benefits of the Christmas spirit that all children desire to know, but also learn of positive relationships with our local law enforcement.

The Eight Flags Chapter of ABWA was begun 45 years ago. We are a dedicated group of professional women across Nassau County, whose mission is to offer education that fosters and builds personal and professional development through commitment, networking and national recognition. This event is one of three signature fund raising efforts that benefit all communities throughout Nassau County.

The Eight Flags ABWA “Shop with Cops” auction will be held on November 22, 2014, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club, Bill Melton Road, Fernandina Beach, Florida. The event is open to the public. RSVP’s are required. There is a $20.00 fee; reservations can be made by calling (904) 624-0949, or by emailing monica_hayes@ymail.com or eightflagsabwa@yahoo.com.

We greatly appreciate your participation in supporting the most vital population in Nassau County – the kids. You will find precious, one-of-a-kind gifts, just in time for the holiday season.

Merry Christmas from ABWA! We look forward to seeing you there!

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K9s for Warriors Visit Rotary Sunrise

K9s for Warriors Visit RotaryHelping our service men and women to heal, K9s For Warriors is a non-profit that uses pet therapy to successfully help them recover from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Lisa Rash, volunteer at K9s For Warriors, visited with the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise to share stories of their successes and spread the news about their amazing programs. Over 90% of the dogs used in the program are rescued animals.

Each qualified dog goes through a 3-week intense training program before being paired with a soldier. Then the soldier and his/her dog go through another 3-week intense program together at the K9s For Warriors facility in Ponte Vedra. The organization is happy to report that over 95% of the soldier participants are able to stop taking their PTSD medications after getting their service dogs. The facility currently houses 4-5 soldiers and over 12 canines in training and there is currently a 1-year waiting list for soldiers wanting entry into the program.

Dogs must meet certain criteria to be accepted into the program as well, such as being at least 60 pounds and 24 inches tall. The organization is currently building a new campus which is scheduled to be completed in December 2014.

For more information about K9s For Warriors, go to the website at www.k9sforwarriors.org.

Pictured here is K9s volunteer Lisa Rash with Rotary Club president Mark Cutshaw.

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America’s Youth Visit Rotary Sunrise

America’s Youth Visit Rotary Sunrise
John Gilbert serves. He has served his church, our country, and every day he serves the youth of Fernandina Beach. John is the Director of America’s Youth, a non-profit organization that assists the children by giving them a safe place to spend their time when they are not in school.

John spoke to the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise to share with the club what his organization is all about. America’s Youth, located at the intersection of 11th and Indigo Avenues, serves all ages of children with a staff of 100% volunteers. There are around 30 children in the program that emphasizes the importance of family and life skills. The staff believes in “Fixing the problem – not spending time on assigning blame.”

During the school year, students can go to America’s Youth after school where they will work on their homework, participate in planned activities and sometime have dinner together. During the summer, the children will have breakfast together, work on an activity, brush up on school skills – all before lunchtime. After lunch they will read to Camp Mothers, participate in more planned activities including field trips and sometimes have dinner together.

John and his staff are making a big difference in the lives of many children in Fernandina!

The Rotary Club of Ameila Island Sunrise donated funds to America’s Youth and presented their donation to John Gilbert.

Pictured: (L to R) is Art Shuster, Rotarian and America’s Youth Volunteer; John Gilbert, Director of America’s Youth, and Mark Cutshaw, president of the Rotary Club.

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United Way Nassau County Community Campaign Kicks Off

United Way Nassau County Community Campaign Kicks OffPress release – United Way of Northeast Florida kicked off its 2014 Nassau County Community Campaign at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation on Oct. 22. More than 100 corporate, civic and community leaders attended the breakfast event where the goal was announced, success stories were celebrated and guests were energized to achieve big results that will make a big impact.

Stephen Lee, hospital president of Baptist Medical Center Nassau and chair for the 2014 Nassau County United Way Campaign, led the kickoff that highlighted how United Way’s research-based initiatives are improving the quality of life for Nassau County residents with measured outcomes in education, income and health.

Nassau County is one of five counties that will benefit from the programs and initiatives funded by the $21.3 million that United Way plans to raise across northeast Florida this campaign season.

“Each year, we are making a more significant impact and changing lives right here in our community,” said Lee. “Last year, Nassau County donors increased their giving by 11 percent, a truly monumental increase. We’re nearly a quarter of the way to our $21.3 million goal, and I know that with your help and your support, we will achieve even bigger results with an even bigger impact that will improve the quality of life for all!”

This year’s kickoff was the first for new United Way of Northeast Florida president and CEO, Michelle Braun, who began her role in July 2014 after a community development career in the financial and nonprofit sectors.

“Because of the support of generous donors and volunteers, many northeast Florida families are served through our Success By 6, ReadingPals, RealSense, 2-1-1 and additional programs and services,” Braun said. “As a result, children are entering kindergarten with the literacy and cognitive skills necessary for long-term academic success, graduation rates are increasing, families are learning to better manage their finances and they are accessing the care they need to lead productive lives,”

One of the highlights of the kickoff was five-year-old Hailey Reeder, who was awarded a free, two-year Success By 6 scholarship to attend Island Academy, an early learning center in Fernandina Beach. Today, Hailey is a well-prepared kindergartener who is excited about learning.

Hailey read to guests from her favorite book as her parents, Amanda and Brian Reeder proudly watched.

“When Hailey was given the scholarship at age three and accepted at Island Academy, our lives changed forever,” said Amanda Reeder. “The difference in her is more than we could have ever imagined. She loves learning and is doing great in kindergarten.”

Lee led a huge round of applause for Hailey and her parents. He then thanked guests for their attendance at the event.

“You hear us use the LIVE UNITED phrase a lot,” Lee said. “Living united is an idea that goes beyond successful campaigns and dollars raised. It’s about matching that success with impact that changes lives for good. We are so thankful and delighted to see the progress made in the 2014 campaign already because of fantastic leaders, businesses and volunteers, and we know that the best is yet to come.”

Each year, nearly 12,000 Nassau County residents’ lives are improved through United Way-funded programs such as Success By 6, including preschoolers, at-risk youth, people with disabilities, senior citizens, local families and many others. There are 11 Nassau County-based impact partners and a total of 44 United Way-funded programs that assist Nassau County residents.

Photo caption:
Corporate, civic and community leaders celebrated United Way’s Nassau County Community Campaign kickoff and applauded Success By 6 scholarship recipient Hailey Reeder, 5. Joining Hailey are (left to right): Amy Dyar, United Way Nassau County resource development manager, Michelle Braun, United Way of Northeast Florida president and CEO, Brian and Amanda Reeder, Hailey’s parents, and Stephen Lee, Baptist Medical Center Nassau hospital president and 2014 Nassau County United Way Campaign chair.

About United Way of Northeast Florida
United Way focuses on education, income and health – the building blocks for a quality life. The organization supports measurable solutions to ensure children enter school ready to learn, students stay on track to graduation, families achieve financial stability and people have the tools to lead healthy, productive lives. More information can be found at unitedwaynefl.org.

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Celebrating 45 Years with American Business Women’s Association

Celebrating 45 Years with American Business Women's AssociationThe Eight Flags Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) met on September 18, 2014 to celebrate its forty-five year anniversary in Nassau County. Forty-five years of fun. Forty-five years of laughter. Forty-five years of professional development. Forty-five years of personal development. Forty-five years of commitment from Nassau County’s women giving back to the entire community of Nassau County.

The American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) was founded nationally in 1949 by a Kansas businessman, Mr. Hilary Bufton, Jr. Upon its founding, Mr. Bufton is quoted as stating, in part, that businesswomen “deserved equal business opportunities. They had gained tremendous business knowledge during World War II through necessity…” Corporate headquarters of the ABWA are located in Overland Park, Kansas. The mission of the ABWA is to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, network support, and national recognition. The ABWA is represented in over 300 cities across the nation. As part of the largest network of working women across the country, the Eight Flags Chapter was pleased to celebrate their 45-year milestone anniversary.

abwa-group-photo-2014The Eight Flags Chapter of ABWA has achieved great outreach efforts over its forty-five year history. A signature event for which Eight Flags’ Chapter supports as a Platinum Sponsor is the annual Fernandina Beach “Shop with Cops” program. A second initiative in partnership is the yearly Shrimp Festival, whereby the Eight Flags’ ladies work tirelessly in merchandise sales, benefiting all visitors who enjoy novelties of the rich heritage that is Amelia Island. A third and very proud accomplishment for our Eight Flags Chapter is the yearly award of the Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund Scholarship. Giving away in excess of $100,000.00 over their history, these scholarships are open for all of our Nassau County students to apply. This year’s scholarship recipient was Ms. Ansley Howard, a graduate of the Sonshine Christian Academy in Callahan.

abwa-fernandina-perfect-attendance-2014The night’s celebratory festivities included accolades and recognitions of various Chapter members. Two Eight Flags Chapter’s members, Mrs. Esther Schindler and Mrs. Carolyn Guerrin, received honorable gifts and recognition for their longtime commitment to Eight Flags, being members since 1973 and 1974 respectively. Other members were acknowledged with token gifts for perfect attendance. And, Mrs. Barbara Brewer was presented with a special gift basket in thanks for her contributions to our Chapter, along with well-wishes as she departs Nassau County, Florida charting a new beginning in the neighboring state of Alabama. The chapter truly thanks each and every one of our women members, past and current, for being exceptional as part of the fabric that is the Eight Flags ABWA success.

Wrapping up the celebration was a presentation by Ms. Barbara Tolliver-Haskins. Ms. Tolliver-Haskins, founder of Executive Coaching Solutions focused her presentation on the points of women needing to claim their space and embracing, or otherwise “owning” one’s talents. In a simple participatory exercise, Mrs. Tolliver-Haskins noted women are of many talents.

abwa-fern-bch-2014Feel free to try this exercise in your own group:

Take an apple, cut it in half. Based upon the number of seeds found inside, identify said number of talents and share these with others. For example, our audience participants shared their named talents of mentoring, integrity, friendships, perseverance, fun, commitment, and many more.

The moral: every woman has something to offer, something that cannot be stolen away from us. Further, every woman can own their joy in success; one’s value (talent) as a woman is exponential.

The Eight Flags ABWA thanks you, Nassau County, and all women who have made us a strong and dynamic group over the past 45 years. Eight Flags’ Charter Chapter of ABWA is looking forward to the next 45 years of personal and professional growth and service in our community.

45-years-abwa-2014The Eight Flags Charter Chapter of ABWA welcomes new members.

If you are interested in joining, or would like to learn more on how you can benefit from being a part of ABWA, we invite you to look us up at www.abwa.org, or www.eightflagsabwa.org. Everyone is invited to join us for our monthly dinners. There is a $16.00 fee. Dinner reservations are required via contact to Membership Chairwoman Mrs. Monica Hayes (904) 624-0949 or via email at eightflags_abwa@yahoo.com. You can also find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/8flagsabwa.

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United Way Success by 6 Scholarship Deadline Approaching

United Way Success by 6 Scholarship Deadline ApproachingUnited Way of Northeast Florida Success By 6 Early Education Scholarship Deadline November 1st

Press Release – When Success By 6 participant Hailey Reeder, 5, glides her finger across the pages of her favorite book, proudly reading each word aloud, her mother, Amanda, beams with joy. Hailey’s ReadingPal, Phyllis Stabler, has the same positive reaction. Success By 6 and ReadingPals are two United Way of Northeast Florida programs that have helped prepare Hailey for kindergarten this fall.

Research has demonstrated that the early years of a child’s development provide some of the best opportunities for learning and education. For every $1 invested in early childhood learning programs, there is an approximately $12.90 return on that investment. However, for those children who could benefit most from early learning, the opportunity is often out of reach.

To meet this need for early learning opportunities, Success By 6, a partnership between United Way of Northeast Florida and The Early Learning Coalition of North Florida and Episcopal Children’s Services, provides two-year early learning scholarships for three-year-olds to attend high-quality, accredited early learning centers. The children receive free, full-day education and care. Research shows that children who completed the Success By 6 program outpaced their peers by 11 percent in kindergarten readiness.

In addition, ReadingPals connects passionate, committed volunteers with preschoolers who need a little extra help getting ready for kindergarten. For 30 minutes each week, a ReadingPal spends time with a pair of preschoolers, reading a book, completing activities, and developing skills that they’ll need for success in school.

Amanda Reeder learned about Success By 6 when Hailey was three years old. She and her husband needed a new, dependable child care option because their employment status and income had changed.

“Hailey was used to being cared for at home for her first three years so I wasn’t sure if she would be frightened being away from us,” Amanda said. “I knew we couldn’t financially provide for her so when we applied and received the Success By 6 scholarship for her to attend Island Academy, I knew everything would be okay.”

In fact, everything was more than okay.

“The Success By 6 scholarship gave Hailey the opportunity to attend an early learning center beyond what my husband and I could have provided for her. Hailey’s two years at Island Academy in Fernandina Beach made a huge difference in how she learns,” Amanda said. “We could feel the love the teachers gave her as soon as we walked in the front door. In a short time, Hailey went from not wanting to go to school to not wanting to miss it!”

The past year, while at Island Academy, Hailey was paired with Fernandina Beach resident and former teacher, Phyllis Stabler, a ReadingPal volunteer who said she believes reading aloud with children gives them confidence to learn.

“I’ve always loved reading with children,” Stabler said. “Watching Hailey’s increased self-assurance to learn words and seeing her reading skills grow was very gratifying. When children are given one-on-one attention, as in the ReadingPals program, they blossom.”

The deadline to apply for Success By 6 scholarships is Nov. 1. In Nassau County call Mary Caldwell at (904) 491-3638, or go to ecs4kids.org and apply through the Simplified Point of Entry.

Success By 6 includes:
• Free, daylong care for your three-year-old through July 2016 at a high-quality early learning center.

What you need to apply:
• All adults (18 years old and up) in the home must be in school or working.
• Your child must be three years old on or before Sept. 1, 2014.
• You must meet income limits.

Your commitment:
• Your child must attend at least 85 percent of the school days.
• A willingness to participate in child and parent assessments.
• A willingness to commit to staying in the program for two years.
• Attendance at parent education nights at your child’s center.

Photo Caption:
Hailey Reeder, 5, shows her ReadingPal Phyllis Stabler how she can read aloud. Hailey’s two-year participation in Success By 6 at Island Academy helped prepare her for kindergarten this fall at Southside Elementary.

About United Way of Northeast Florida, Nassau County:
Each year, nearly 12,000 Nassau County residents’ lives are improved through United Way-funded programs such as Success By 6, including preschoolers, at-risk youth, people with disabilities, senior citizens, local families and many others. There are 10 Nassau County-based impact partners and a total of 44 United Way-funded programs located in Duval and Nassau counties that assist Nassau County residents.

About United Way of Northeast Florida:
United Way focuses on education, income and health – the building blocks for a quality life. The organization supports measurable solutions to ensure children enter school ready to learn, students stay on track to graduation, families achieve financial stability and people have the tools to lead healthy, productive lives. More information can be found at unitedwaynefl.org.

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United Way 2014 Kickoff for Nassau County

United Way 2014 Kickoff for Nassau County

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United Way 2014 Nassau County Campaign Kickoff Challenges Community to Generate “Big Results. Big Impact.”

Press Release – In its 90th year in our community, United Way of Northeast Florida is calling for “Big Results, Big Impact” as it kicks off the 2014 Nassau County Community Campaign on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Fernandina Beach. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The one-hour program starts at 8:30 a.m.

Stephen Lee, hospital president of Baptist Medical Center Nassau and chair for the 2014 Nassau County United Way Campaign, will lead the breakfast event that will highlight how United Way’s research-based initiatives are improving the quality of life for Nassau County residents with measured outcomes in education, income and health.

“This is an exciting time of year for United Way and Nassau County,” Lee said. “The 2014 campaign season is off to a strong start, and in accordance with this year’s theme, ‘Big Results. Big Impact.’ We’re looking forward to making a monumental impact.”

In addition, during the kickoff community leaders will discuss programs that are successfully preparing children for kindergarten, keeping kids on track to graduation, helping families achieve financial stability and assisting people in leading healthier, more productive lives.

Each year, nearly 12,000 Nassau County residents’ lives are improved through United Way-funded programs such as Success By 6, including preschoolers, at-risk youth, people with disabilities, senior citizens, local families and many others. There are 11 Nassau County-based impact partners and a total of 44 United Way-funded programs located in Duval and Nassau counties that assist Nassau County residents.

United Way certified partners located in Nassau County include:
• Ark of Nassau
• Barnabas Center
• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida
• Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida
• Boy Scouts of America, North Florida Council
• Communities in Schools of Nassau County
• Episcopal Children’s Services
• Girl Scouts of Gateway Council
• Nassau County Council on Aging
• Nassau County Volunteer Center

You can learn more at United Way of Northeast Florida’s 2014 Nassau County Community Campaign Kickoff at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, 39 Beach Lagoon Road, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. For more information on how to start a workplace or individual campaign, contact United Way Nassau County Resource Development Manager Amy Dyar at (904) 390-3239. To RSVP for the kickoff, go to unitedwaynefl.org/nassau-kickoff or call (904) 390-3215.

Photo Caption:
Nassau County business leaders will kick off this year’s United Way Community Campaign on Oct. 22 at Omni Amelia Island Plantation. (left to right) Tom Sweetser, RockTenn general manager, Shannon Brown, VyStar Credit Union vice president, Stephen Lee, Baptist Medical Center Nassau hospital president and 2014 Nassau County United Way Campaign chair, Craig Fitzpatrick, Fernandina Beach Publix store manager, Amy Dyar, United Way Nassau County resource development manager.

About United Way of Northeast Florida:
United Way focuses on education, income and health – the building blocks for a quality life. The organization supports measurable solutions to ensure children enter school ready to learn, students stay on track to graduation, families achieve financial stability and people have the tools to lead healthy, productive lives. More information can be found at unitedwaynefl.org.

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Learn How to Build or Renovate in Fernandina Beach

Learn How to Build or Renovate in Fernandina BeachSubmitted by Caroline Blochlinger

In Fernandina Beach new buildings, and new communities are popping up like mushrooms.

Did you recognize Fletcher Avenue the last time you drove south (or north)? There are constructions sites everywhere. Plus buildings are getting bigger and grander as they start occupying the parcels.

So how easy is it to build on Amelia Island? Are there any limitations and is a planning process in place? We at EABC wanted to know more about this so we figured the best person to ask is the director of the Fernandina Beach, FL Community Development, Adrienne Burke. She can answer questions that focus on historic preservation planning and other community planning activities.

Do you live in an old historic house and plan to renovate or do you want to build a new home? It is always great to know just the person that can be helpful and has all the insights of the local regulations plus is familiar with the long term plans of the city.

Come to the next EABC meeting, Tuesday October 14 and meet Adrienne and have the opportunity to mingle among people with local and international backgrounds and interests. Our meeting is back at the Amelia River Golf Club (4477 Buccaneer Trail – Amelia Island, FL 32034) which is always a great place to make new friends and even find new business opportunities.

You cannot make it that day or time? Well, it will be a while until Adrienne will be able to present to our group again. By then much may have changed. So we hope you can be there and be part of the evening. However, we do understand if you can’t make it this time.

The EABC meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the Amelia River Golf Club. We have to charge $12 per person so we can pay the bills. But the food is included in the cost and is prepared by the club’s chef. There is an open bar serving some of the best wines and liquor and beers. Coffee, tea and soft drinks are also available.

Everyone is invited to our meetings so bring your friends and guest for this fun filled evening of excitement, fellowship and yes, even gain some valuable business connections at the same time.

To learn more about the EABC and their monthly meetings visit: www.eabcnetwork.com

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The Players Center for Child Health

The Players Center for Child HealthLearning About Services for Nassau County’s Children Through The Players Center for Child Health

Many Nassau County residents are familiar with Wolfson Children’s Hospital, but most probably do not realize all the services and outreach programs this non-profit offers to promote health and well being for our children.

Megan Denk, Director of The PLAYERS Center for Child Health at Wolfson Children’s Hospital updated the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise on the purpose and functions of the center, which was established through a $1 million gift from the PLAYERS Championship to help Wolfson extend its reach as a major child advocate and to help prevent unnecessary hospitalizations.

The Rotary Club is an active supporter of Wolfson Children’s Hospital, and recently was recognized on Wolfson’s Donor Wall, which showcases individuals and organizations that have donated $50,000 or more to the hospital.

The PLAYERS Center concentrates on four primary areas: prevention, health and wellness, access, and community education. Megan shared with the group that asthma is the #1 reason why children miss school, so The PLAYERS programs work with patients to help them find primary care providers and health coverage and to provide educational programs for parents, faculty, and children to treat asthma as early as possible.

For more information on the various programs offered by The PLAYERS Center for Child Health can check the website at www.wolfsonchildrens.org/theplayerscenter.

Megan Denk is pictured here with Rotary president Mark Cutshaw.

The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise meets every Friday at 7:30 a.m. at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club. For more information about the club or to attend a morning breakfast meeting, please contact president, Mark Cutshaw, at mcutshaw@fpuc.com or go to www.ameliaislandrotary.com.

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American Ninja Warrior Amputee Contestant Visits Rotary

American Ninja Warrior Amputee Contestant Visits Rotary
American Ninja Warrior’s first amputee contestant, Stephen France, visited the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise on September 19th, as their guest speaker.

France is a 33-year-old amputee who was involved in a crushing accident at a truss plant in 2006. Earlier this year he made Ninja history by being the first amputee to compete on American Ninja Warrior.

(You can watch the full episode on NBC.com, season 6 episode 4).

Stephen’s lifelong belief has always been to be a champion. Even after losing his left leg below his knee, his goal never changed and he found a new way to pursue it. And now he has turned that goal into a quest: dedication, discipline, determination, and a parkour gym.

Parkour is getting from point A to point B as fluid and fast as possible through a series of obstacles.

Stephen France’s goal is to raise money for a facility for kids, teens and adults that will contain an interchangeable obstacle course and classes for future ninjas that strengthen mind, body, and spirit to confront and defeat any strenuous obstacle one may face in life.

If interested in learning more about Stephen and his journey, email him at smf0630@yahoo.com.

Stephen is pictured here with Rotary Club president, Mark Cutshaw.

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Rotarians Host Salvation Army

Rotarians Host Salvation ArmyThe Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise hosted Mary Moore, Director of the Salvation Army/Hope House at its weekly meeting. Ms. Moore gave the club members an overview of all the goods and services that the Salvation Army provides to its clients, including free clothing and emergency food, financial assistance, emergency travel and gas, probation counseling and classes, weekly worship services and other special programs.

The Hope House provides a free dinner meal on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays through the Interfaith Dinner Network from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. In a couple of weeks the Salvation Army will be gearing up for its annual Senior Angel Tree program (in partnership with the Council on Aging) to help ensure low-income seniors are not forgotten at Christmas by matching them with families and groups who purchase gifts for them.

If you are interested in this program or others sponsored by the Salvation Army, you can speak to Mary Moore at the Hope House located at 410 S. 9th Street in Fernandina Beach.

The members of the Rotary Club were delighted to get the information on these programs early and many plan to assist as the holidays approach.

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Eight Flags ABWA Celebrates 45 Years in Nassau County

Eight Flags ABWA Celebrates 45 Years in Nassau County“We invite you to join the Eight Flags Charter Chapter American Business Women’s Association (ABWA), a local non-profit, as we celebrate 45 years in Nassau County, Florida. Founded on the principals of growing the professional woman through education, our monthly dinner meeting will coincide with this anniversary celebration on September 18, 2014, from 6:30 to 8:00p.m., at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club, 2800 Bill Melton Road, Fernandina Beach, FL. Networking begins at 6:00p.m. Reservations are required. There is a $16.00 fee. To reserve your seat, contact Membership Chairperson Monica Hayes at (904) 624-0949, or eightflags_abwa@yahoo.com.

Eight Flags ABWA will host a guest speaker, Ms. Barbara Tolliver-Haskins, CPCU, CLU, MBA, ACC. Ms. Tolliver-Haskins is an accomplished organizational leader and owner of Executive Coaching Solutions in Jacksonville, FL. Ms. Tolliver-Haskins will present on “Celebrating Women: Their contributions and accomplishments throughout the years”. There will also be recognitions and accoladesto the women who have aspired in making us the great success we are here in Nassau County. Come and join the anniversary fun as we celebrate our past 45 years, our present and our future. For more information, log on and “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/8flagsabwa.”

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August 2014 Meeting of the Local ABWA

August 2014 Meeting of the Local ABWAPictured are Ms. Vonda Jordan and Mrs. Julie Barcus

The Eight Flags Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) met for its monthly dinner meeting on August 21, 2014. After opening the meeting, our chapter President, Mrs. Julianna Barcus welcomed the evening’s guest speaker, Ms. Vonda Jordan. Ms. Jordan is a Business Integration professional employed with Florida Blue. Ms. Jordan resides in Callahan, is married and a mom of two teenage daughters.

A major focus of the monthly ABWA dinners is to offer educational and professional development to our members and guests. Ms. Jordan presented on the topic of “ABWA The Importance of Mentoring”. The word mentor, at its root, means “trusted adviser or friend”. Many forms of mentoring are recognized, whether the relationship is in-person or virtual. The mentoring relationship is a two way dynamic. Ms. Jordan explained the multiple benefits to one who has a mentor, and to one whom is a mentor.

Professional benefits one may reap from this relationship include skill development, career advisement and career exposure, building expertise in one’s field or profession, and networking. Mentors and mentees both find rewarding traits of building self-awareness, increasing perspective, and providing a safe environment to nurture and nourish discussion and idea generation. Ms. Jordan encourages all professional women to enlist in the relationship of mentor-ship. Completing her presentation, Ms. Jordan noted the steps involved to establish a successful mentor-ship experience. Setting a schedule and commitment to maintaining that schedule are key in growth of the mentoring relationship, as well having an open, two-way dialogue. The Eight Flags Chapter of ABWA thanks Ms. Jordan for sharing her time and expertise.

The Eight Flags ABWA is open for membership to all Nassau County women. We invite you to attend one of our monthly dinner meetings. We meet the third Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Networking is from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required, with a $16.00 fee. To reserve your seat for dinner, or if you would like more information about the benefits of becoming a member of Eight Flags ABWA, please contact our Membership Chairwoman, Mrs. Monica Hayes at (904) 624-0949. We also invite you to log onto to www.eightflagsabwa.com, “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/8flagsabwa, or email us at eightflags_abwa@yahoo.com.

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2014 Executive Board of the Eight Flags Chapter AMWA

2014 Executive Board of the Eight Flags Chapter AMWA(Pictured left to right are Eight Flags Chapter, American Business Women’s Association 2014-2015 Executive Board of Directors: Mrs. Julianna Barcus, president; Mrs. Susan Sturges, vice president; Mrs. Kimberly Ebmeier, board secretary; Mrs. Helen Dale Deonas, treasurer)

The Eight Flags Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) recently installed its new slate of officers for the 2014-2015 year.

The Eight Flags Chapter of ABWA was founded in 1969 locally and focuses its efforts in professional and personal development of businesswomen.

Monthly meetings are hosted emphasizing professional development and education, with guest speakers presenting on varying business topics.

Eight Flags ABWA Chapter members support our Nassau County community, holding two signature fund-raiser events yearly, with other fundraising initiatives throughout the year.

Monies raised are granted to fund the Fernandina Beach “Shop with Cops” program, and to fund the Eight Flags Chapter ABWA scholarship award.

For more information on the Eight Flags Chapter of ABWA, we invite you to visit and like our Face Book page or visit our website at www.eightflagsabwa.com.

Article and image contributed by Publicity Chairperson Shelley Hirsch, Eight Flags Chapter, ABWA

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Ansley Howard Receives American Business Woman’s Assocition’s Scholarship

Ansley Howard Receives American Business Woman's Assocition's Scholarship(Pictured are Dawn Lunt, 2013-2014 President, Eight Flags Chapter, ABWA and Ansley Howard, award recipient)

The Eight Flags Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) met on July 17, 2014, awarding their yearly college scholarship.

Ms. Ansley Howard of Yulee, FL was awarded the $2,000.00 scholarship. Ansley is the daughter of Jan Howard and Jonathan Howard. Ansley graduated from Sonshine Christian Academy on May 18, 2014. While attending high school, Ansley was dually enrolled at Florida State College at Jacksonville and acquired her Associates degree.

Ansley will be attending college at the University of South Florida, and will acquire her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry with a concentration in Bio-chemistry. Ansley’s ultimate career aspiration is to be an oncologist or an onco-genetic researcher.

Yes, she is a very energetic young lady! In her young life she has kept busy with various community projects. Two of her favorite experiences were attending Nassau County’s Youth Leadership Nassau program, being the youngest person to do so. Upon graduation from this program, she was asked to be a Peer Leader for “Youth Nassau”, helping to plan the following years’ activities and led their leadership development program.

Her second beloved experience is assisting her father with his wildlife rehabilitation program. This program is focused on rescuing animals from the wild that may be sick or hurt, nursing these animals back to full health and releasing them back into their natural habitat. The Eight Flags Chapter of ABWA proudly recognizes Ansley and is honored to have awarded this year’s scholarship to such a deserving young woman.

Article and image contributed by Publicity Chairperson Shelley Hirsch, Eight Flags Chapter, ABWA

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